. Delmon’s Progeny Delmon, also known as Dilmun, is a Semitic culture connected to Mesopotamia that flourished in the 2nd millennium B.C. Beneath the torrid coastal sun tenacious men these waters rode. They ferry pearls from port to port; each City sings its special ode. Some sing of spice, some sing of gold, some sing of maidens' dewy youth, all sing of fortunes long foretold and legends which predate the truth. Of jowls strong, and piercing eyes their famous sign: effective deeds should scoundrels try their patient mien their teeth lie scattered in the weeds. With babes at breast, the womenfolk await the rosy blush of light for countless morns along the shore sweet brides sent forth their longing sight. Not all were loosed from Father Sea's chthonic grip which soul devours. At parting's horn no sailor's son can guarantee their days or hours. Oh Delmon's sons---you nameless lot, you plied your trade on sandy shores before the chosen teacher preached before the Arab falcon soared. When gods to man---as man to self--- the passion's heady fugues relayed, when psyche was a public weal on golden temples' roofs displayed. . . Waiting for My Baby My baby's set to leave her class; the door evicts the pushy mass, all flailing limbs and sunny smiles with sticky thumbs and silly guiles. My eyes they dart and scan around: the little faces, up and down they bob like buoys in the bay just then I spy a gentle ray. My eyes soak in that special face, those gestures fine and full of grace. Her eyes assess the wall of dads here clustered moms, there slouchy lads, all waiting for their little one, that moonlike face that shames the sun. At every turn her pretty sight it fills my soul with fresh delight. Our visions lock, she springs ahead, she hugs my waist, I kiss her head. She's got a joke or two to say; we're laughing as we drive away. . . Wael Almahdi is a poet from the island of Bahrain. He has been a dentist for 12 years. He has also worked in English Arabic translation for 20 years. His poem "Rain" is slated to appear in the print edition of Arablit Quarterly. He can read a number of languages including Arabic, Persian, Hebrew, French, and Esperanto.